Sine Pilipino

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Lino Brocka

• Santiago! (1970) • Stardoom (1971) • Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang (1974) • Tatlo, dalawa, isa (1974) • Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) • Insiang (1976) • Lunes, Martes, Miyerkules, Huwebes, Biyernes, Sabado, Linggo (1976) • Jaguar (1979) • Ina, kapatid, anak (1979) • Bona (1980) • Adultery (1984) • Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (1985)

Mike De Leon

• Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977) • Kakabakaba ka ba? (1980) • Kisapmata (1981) • Batch '81 (1982) • Sister Stella L. (1984) • Hindi nahahati ang langit (1985) • Aliwan Paradise (1992 Short Film) • 3rd World Hero (2000)

Lav Diaz

• West Side Avenue (2001) • Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004) • Death in the Land of Encantos (2007) • Butterflies Have No Memories (2009 Short Film) • Century of Birthing (2011) • Norte, the End of History (2013) • From What Is Before (2014)

Marilou Diaz-Abaya

• Brutal (1980) • Of the Flesh (1983) • Baby Tsina (1984) • José Rizal (1998) • In the Navel of the Sea (1998) • Muro-ami (1999) • Maging akin muli (2005 TV Movie)

Peque Gallaga

• Oro, plata, mata (1982) • Virgin Forest (1985) • Scorpio Nights (1985) • Aswang (1992) (with Lore Reyes) • Shake Rattle & Roll IV (1992) (with Lore Reyes) • Baby Love (1995) (with Lore Reyes) • Magic Temple (1996) (with Lore Reyes)

Chito S. Roño aka Chito Roño

• Ikaw lang (1993) • Rage (1995) • Lea's Story (1998) • The Seventies (2002) • Feng shui (2004) • Caregiver (2008) • Dynamite Fishing (2013)

Brillante Mendoza aka Brillante Ma. Mendoza

• Foster Child (2007) • Service (2008) • Kinatay (2009) • Grandmother (2009) • Ayos ka (2010 Short Film) • Thy Womb (2012)

Mario O'Hara

• Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976) • Condemned (1984) • Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984) • Woman on a Tin Roof (1998) • Demons (2000) • Woman of Breakwater (2003)

Ishmael Bernal

• Salawahan (1979) • City After Dark (1980) • Himala (1982) • Relasyon (1982) • Shake, Rattle & Roll (1984)

Lamberto V. Avellana

• Sergeant Hassan (1955) • Anak dalita (1956) • Badjao (1957) • A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965) • Fe, Esperanza, Caridad (1974) (with Gerardo de Leon)

Joel Lamangan aka Joel C. Lamangan

• The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995) • Why Is There a Yesterday? (1996) • Hubog (2001) • Aishite imasu (Mahal kita) 1941 (2004) • Blue Moon (2006)

Maryo J. De Los Reyes aka Maryo De Los Reyes

• Saan darating ang umaga? (1983) • Bagets (1984) • Mga kwento ni Lola Basyang (1985) • Magnifico (2003)

Laurice Guillen

• Salome (1981) • Because I Love You (1993) • Tanging yaman (2000) • Sa'yo lamang (2010)

Raymond Red

• Bayani (1992) • Sakay (1993) • Shadows (2000 Short Film) • Skies (2009)

Auraeus Solito

• Suring at ang kuk-ok (1995 Short Film) • The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005) • Tuli (2005) • Pisay (2007) • Palawan Fate (2011)

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1. Santiago! (1970)

Action, Drama, War

Set in the Philippines, during the Japanese occupation, a Filipino soldier, who is guilt-ridden over an incident that killed many civilians, deserts the rebel army and retreats to a nearby barrio where he is branded as a coward.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 18

3. Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang (1974)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

(Filipino with English subtitles) This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema. The son of a wealthy man, Junior has everything he could ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Lilia Dizon, Eddie Garcia, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 250

4. Tatlo, dalawa, isa (1974)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

(Tagalog with English subtitles) Filipino cinema lenged, Lino Brocka, directs this compilation of three intimate stories about the perseverance of hope featuring a drug addict, an abandoned daughter and a repressed catholic.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Jay Ilagan, Perla Bautista, Laurice Guillen, Soxy Topacio

Votes: 41

5. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 949

6. Insiang (1976)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

The first Filipino film to show at the Cannes Film Festival is set in the slums of Manila. A beautiful girl gets raped by her mother's lover, and then learns how to exact revenge.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Rez Cortez, Marlon Ramirez

Votes: 692

7. Lunes, Martes, Miyerkules, Huwebes, Biyernes, Sabado, Linggo (1976)

Drama, Musical


Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Bembol Roco, Mitch Valdez, June Keithley

Votes: 11

9. Ina, kapatid, anak (1979)

93 min

Pura, who has been gone for 20 years, returns to her father's house. Her arrival reignites a bitter rivalry she has with her half-sister, Emilia, which sets the entire household astir.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Charito Solis, Rio Locsin, Ric Rodrigo

Votes: 35

10. Bona (1980)

85 min | Drama

BONA loves Gardo. Gardo loves Gardo. Gardo loves going to bed with almost any woman he can attract. Once - apparently in the absence of anyone better - he even takes Bona to bed, but by the... See full synopsis »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Nora Aunor, Phillip Salvador, Marissa Delgado, Raquel Monteza

Votes: 73

11. Adultery (1984)

100 min | Drama

Dreaming to be released from her miserable life of poverty, Aida, a waitress, abandons her bedridden father, her moralistic mother, her jobless brother and her good-for-nothing sister to ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Vilma Santos, Phillip Salvador, Mario Montenegro, Deborah Sun

Votes: 21

12. Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (1984)

108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Arturo and his wife, Luz Manalastas, both work in a printing press. After Luz becomes pregnant, Arturo ("Turing") is forced to ask for a raise. When he does so, his boss asks him to sign a ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Venchito Galvez, Ariosto Reyes Jr.

Votes: 73

13. Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977)

Drama, Music, Romance

It's the coming-of-age story of a young college student, Joey (Christopher de Leon) who has lost all sense of direction and meaning in life, waking up every morning to the same old day that... See full summary »

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Hilda Koronel, Laurice Guillen, Moody Diaz

Votes: 46

14. Kakabakaba ka ba? (1980)

104 min | Comedy, Musical

The film revolves around two couples who find themselves in conflict with the foreign commercial giants that control the Philippine economy, the Japanese and the Chinese.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Charo Santos-Concio, Jay Ilagan, Sandy Andolong

Votes: 68

15. Kisapmata (1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An crime-drama-suspense genre film not often seen in Philippine cinema, a controlling patriarch loses it over his daughter's marriage and her attempts to escape from their incestuous household.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Charo Santos-Concio, Jay Ilagan, Vic Silayan, Charito Solis

Votes: 85

16. Batch '81 (1982)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

The lives of seven neophytes as they strive to enter a Greek letter fraternity through a difficult hazing process. The entire experience is seen through the eyes of Sid Lucero, one of the neophytes.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Mark Gil, Sandy Andolong, Ward Luarca, Noel Trinidad

Votes: 143

17. Sister Stella L. (1984)

96 min | Drama

A nun becomes involved in an on-going labor strike. She starts out non-politicized, but later learns about the plight of the simple working man and inevitably, the government's neglect of the poor masses. Filipino Tagalog movie.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Vilma Santos, Jay Ilagan, Gina Alajar, Laurice Guillen

Votes: 75

18. Hindi nahahati ang langit (1985)


A wealthy man comes to terms with his adopted sister.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Dina Bonnevie, Edu Manzano

Votes: 16

20. Bayaning 3rd World (2000)

93 min | Drama

Part-investigative documentary, part-satire and shot entirely in black-and-white, the film tackles the mystery that surrounds the life and death of the Filipino hero, Jose Rizal.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Ricky Davao, Joel Torre, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez

Votes: 115

21. Batang West Side (2001)

315 min | Drama

A Filipino teenager is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death. His family members and friends are interviewed. Along the way, we find out ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Yul Servo, Joel Torre, Gloria Diaz, Angel Aquino

Votes: 92

22. Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang Pilipino (2004)

540 min | Drama

The collapse and the struggle of a poor farming clan in Philippines.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Elryan de Vera, Angie Ferro, Pen Medina, Marife Necesito

Votes: 228

23. Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (2007)

540 min | Drama

A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Roeder, Angeli Bayani, Perry Dizon, Dante Perez

Votes: 135

24. Walang alaala ang mga paru-paro (2009)

40 min | Short, Drama

A young woman returns from Canada to the town in Philippines where she grew up, when a gold mine provided good income to the population, but with the mine company gone all she finds is ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Willy Fernandez, John Elbert Ferrer, Lois Goff, Kristine Kintana

Votes: 112

25. Siglo ng pagluluwal (2011)

Not Rated | 360 min | Drama

An artist struggles to finish his work. A storyline about a cult plays in his head. Fundamentalism will destroy the world. The artist destroys his muse in the process. He redeems her in the end.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Perry Dizon, Angel Aquino, Bart Guingona, Hazel Orencio

Votes: 168

26. Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (2013)

TV-MA | 250 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz

Votes: 1,500

27. Mula sa kung ano ang noon (2014)

TV-MA | 338 min | Drama

88 Metascore

The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Perry Dizon, Roeder, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel

Votes: 434

30. Baby Tsina (1984)


Alyas Baby Tsina/Alias Baby China (1984) was based on a true legal story of Evelyn Duave Ortega, aka Baby Tsina (She was called this alias in court documents because she looked Chinese. ... See full summary »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Vilma Santos, Rez Cortez, Rolando Tinio, Zeny Zabala

Votes: 63

31. José Rizal (1998)

TV-PG | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

Jose Rizal's life and works are recounted through a series of non-linear flashbacks which reflect on various aspects of his life - as writer, propagandist, lover, friend, brother, doctor, and the man that inspired a revolution.

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Cesar Montano, Joel Torre, Jaime Fabregas, Gloria Diaz

Votes: 353

32. Sa pusod ng dagat (1998)

116 min | Drama, Romance

Pepito, growing up in a remote fishing village in the Philippines is destined to become the successor of his mother: the only midwife in the whole district, a job given from generation to ... See full summary »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Jomari Yllana, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Pen Medina

Votes: 40

33. Muro-ami (1999)

TV-PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Fredo (Cesar Montano) is a fisherman who has endured more than his share of hardship in life; his wife and child both perished in a boating accident, and today Fredo approaches each trip to... See full summary »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Cesar Montano, Pen Medina, Jhong Hilario, Amy Austria

Votes: 145

34. Maging akin muli (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Jun Jun, 26, is a newly-ordained deacon. By tradition, he may now be addressed as "Reverend," a title that sounds better with his full name, Christoper Santos, Jr. But he prefers to be ... See full summary »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Marvin Agustin, Noel Trinidad, Sandy Andolong, Jaime Fabregas

Votes: 10

35. Oro, Plata, Mata (1982)

TV-MA | 194 min | Drama, War

Two affluent families struggle and learn to survive during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Manny Ojeda, Liza Lorena, Sandy Andolong, Cherie Gil

Votes: 186

37. Scorpio Nights (1985)

126 min | Drama

In a crowded, multi-appartment house, a young student peeps on his neighbours making love and subsequently develops a steamy affair with the neighbour's wife. The affair slowly becomes an ... See full summary »

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Orestes Ojeda, Anna Marie Gutierrez, Daniel Fernando, Eugene Enriquez

Votes: 207

38. Aswang (1992)

125 min | Horror

Alma Moreno plays the aswang attacking residents of a remote barrio. Catlyn (Aiza Seguerra) and her yaya Veron,played by Manilyn Reynes are accompanied in the countryside by Dudoy, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes | Stars: Alma Moreno, Manilyn Reynes, Aiza Seguerra, Berting Labra

Votes: 46

39. Shake Rattle & Roll IV (1992)

113 min | Comedy, Horror

Shake- a heartthrob campus teacher soon appeared to be a monster. Rattle- a mysterious cteature starts to kidnap children near the park. Roll- In the final episode, a manananggal (mythical ... See full summary »

Directors: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes | Stars: Edu Manzano, Manilyn Reynes, Aljon Jimenez, Sunshine Cruz

Votes: 29

40. Baby Love (1995)

Drama, Romance

Andie (Anna Larrucea) and Ira ('Jason Salcedo') sincerely think that they are deeply in love and ready to face the world. They attempt to tie the knot and build a life of their own. Their ... See full summary »

Directors: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes | Stars: Edu Manzano, Anna Larrucea, Jason Salcedo, Cherry Pie Picache

Votes: 21

41. Magic Temple (1996)

106 min | Fantasy, Action, Adventure

The magical world of "Samadhi" is threatened by the evil forces of Ravenal and Sifu sends out three teenage boys to journey on the Magic Temple. Jubal, Sambag and Omar, each with their own ... See full summary »

Directors: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes | Stars: Jason Salcedo, Junell Hernando, Marc Solis, Anna Larrucea

Votes: 80

42. Ikaw lang (1993)

105 min | Drama, Action, Thriller

A librarian's husband and mother-in-law turn out to be psychotically abusive. When the husband mistakenly thinks he has killed her, he dumps her in a river, where she is saved by a ... See full summary »

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vilma Santos, Ronnie Ricketts, Cesar Montano, Zeny Zabala

Votes: 12

43. Dahas (1995)

102 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Luisa is raped by an unknown assailant a few nights before she is wed to Jake. When Jake discovers Luisa's prenuptial chastity is in question on their first night, violent events unfold. ... See full summary »

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Tonton Gutierrez, Efren Reyes Jr.

Votes: 23

44. Bata bata paano ka ginawa? (1998)

TV-PG | 109 min | Drama

For any woman to have two children from two different men is an ordeal, but women's rights advocate Lea (Vilma Santos) is not just any woman: she possesses a liberal outlook and an ... See full summary »

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vilma Santos, Ariel Rivera, Albert Martinez, Raymond Bagatsing

Votes: 108

45. Dekada '70 (2002)

128 min | Drama

A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin

Votes: 201

46. Feng Shui (2004)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A wife must save her family from a curse of a "bagwa" bound to them.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Kris Aquino, Jay Manalo, Lotlot De Leon, Ilonah Jean

Votes: 446

47. Caregiver (2008)


Sarah Gonzales, a grade school English teacher, joins the 150,000 Pinoy OFWs working in the United Kingdom to support her husband, Teddy Gonzales, in making a better living for their family... See full summary »

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Sharon Cuneta, John Estrada, Rica Peralejo, John Manalo

Votes: 134

48. Badil (2013)